Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek

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Japanese: カクレンボ
English: Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2004
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: Yamato Works
Source: Original
Genres: HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.621 (scored by 1983019,830 users)
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Ranked: #60912
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Popularity: #3649
Members: 38,230
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Among the high rises of steel pipes, meshed power lines, and faded neon lights, exists a game that children dare to play within the ruins of the old city.

"Otokoyo," a secret game of hide-and-seek, one where all who play wear fox masks and only begins when seven have gathered. But it is no normal game, as all who have played it have gone missing. Many whisper it is the work of demons, but that is just a rumor... or is it?

Kakurenbo follows the story of seven children as they play Otokoyo for the first time and discover why if you play, you never return.

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The film won the award for Notable Entry in the General Category at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2005. In Korea, it received a Best Film Nomination at the Seoul Comics and Animation Festival. It then went on to win Best Short film at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal.

Characters & Voice Actors


Ishibashi, Mika


Naitou, Ryou


Ueki, Makoto






Morita, Shuuhei
Producer, Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator, Editing
Sajiki, Daisuke
Character Design, Background Art
Takeuchi, Hiroaki
Wayland, Tom
ADR Director


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Jul 5, 2023
There really isn't a whole lot to this 30 minute "movie" but what's there is decent enough. If you're into spooky horror you may even get a little more mileage out of this. I rated this an 7 because it does all you could ask it to do in its runtime: Set up its premise, give a chunk of the characters a bit of personality, and create a good atmosphere. The art is something I can't rate to be honest because the copy of this I watched was presented in glorious 144p Potatocam. I do think it could have been nice to look at though ...
Oct 10, 2018
Mixed Feelings
The time has come to start horror anime month in earnest. First up we have Kakurenbo, a short film from 2005. It was done by Yamato Works, written & directed by Morita Shuuhei. 


There's a mysterious game of hide and seek played by seven children in fox masks. There's just one problem. Every child who plays the game vanishes. Rumour says that they're spirited away by demons or possibly creepy old guys with worn down ice cream vans. We see various groups. A pair of twin brothers, a trio, a pair of friends and a girl on her own. Giving us eight players for the game. 

The ...
Jun 4, 2012
There are 2 reasons to write a review.

1. Is this anime for you?
A: If you are easy to trick and get lost in atmosphere quite often, or don't watch horror much or are frightened easily then yes.

Now part 2 is justify why you hate something to the people who love it. (Fair enough since you should at least provide good reasoning for liking or hating something.) Past this part has SPOILERS.

It is a game of 7 children. There are 8 children. This is the start. Gee, WONDER WHO THE 8TH IS!? Also, she looks exactly like the one kids sister (despite wearing a ...

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